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Category Archives: Music
XTC – Easter Theatre (1999)
It’s an annual LM tradition to repost this gorgeous, Easter-related song by XTC. It is, in my humble opinion, the absolute high point of Andy Partridge’s stellar songwriting career (which I once told him in person.) From the song’s melody, … Continue reading
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RIP: Geoff Emerick
As a sonically creative and imaginative studio engineer (who helped create the vintage Abbey Road psychedelic sound), it is hard to overestimate the role of Geoff Emerick, who recently passed at the age of 72. After George Martin, Emerick was … Continue reading
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Eddie Addenberry – Captain Jones (1972)
Here is a really terrific baroque pop song from the excellent compilation Tea and Symphony: The English Baroque Sound (1967-1974), which you can hear in full here.
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Accept – Up To The Limit (1985)
Udo’s pipes on the chorus are… wow. As one YouTube commentator writes: “It’s saturday, it’s 6:25 AM, I have to go to work and put this song [on] and I FEEL F*CKING ALIVE AND FULL OF ENERGY. LONG LIVE ACCEPT.” … Continue reading
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Judy Garland – Everybody Sing (1938)
Would-Be-Goods – The Hanging Gardens of Reigate (1988)
I heard this wonderful song in a bookstore in Raleigh NC recently. Late ’80s, British, indie pop, with a quintessential British aesthetic… like if Ray Davies had a twin sister.
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Frank Allen: “The Other JQ: The Jazz Question”
At Counter-Currents, Frank Allen has a very good essay on “The Other JQ: The Jazz Question”. As a big jazz fan myself (especially the harder East Coast style), I found this to be a very good orientation of the contours … Continue reading
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NYT’s Q&A w/Billy Joel
Virtually every NYT culture story injects Trumphitler into the mix. They just can’t help themselves (“Billy Joel’s Got a Good Job and Hits in His Head”). After sustained Q&A about his musical past and present, the reporter (Rob Tannenbaum) throws out … Continue reading
Judas Priest – Victim of Changes (1983; live)
In 1983, this is how you did it. Fantastic rendition, with the band firing on all cylinders.
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The Unband – Geez Louise (2000)
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